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3-D Illustration Show Changes in Interior Design of the Oval Office

The interior design of the presidential Oval Office is not only a statement of personal taste but also of political intentions. American Home Shield's illustrators have prepared 3-D illustrations of the Oval Office interior decor throughout the years and the results are delightful. Not every President made significant changes, so we didn't include all of them, as the article focuses on interior design and not politics. You can compare the designs on their website. 

William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

Taft was the first-ever President to move the executive Office from the Roosevelt Room to the room of the President’s secretary. He took this decision during his expansion of the West Wing. The Office had previously been rounded at just one end, but Taft had it remodeled to a more democratic oval shape: When no one sits in the corner you can see everyone equally. 

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

The first-ever President to have a rug with the Seal of the President.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

The Kennedys never got to see their new design. But before his assassination and the renovation, Kennedy personalized this space with items including a paperweight made from a coconut shell that saved his life in World War II. 

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

Marching into the future now! Johnson installed a cabinet with 3 television sets. 

Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

Nixon used the same desk that is used now by President Biden. He wrongly believed this desk used to belong to his idol, Woodrow Wilson. 

Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

Ford was the one to install the Seymour tall case clock. From then, it continuously stands in the Oval Office.

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

In his second term, Raegan added a 2'' base to his desk, to stop him from banging his knees on the drawers. 

George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)

Apart from a total redecoration, President Bush personalized the Oval Office with numerous family portraits. 

Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

Does that carpet seem familiar to you? Current US President, Joe Biden, uses that very same carpet in his Oval Office today. 

George W. Bush (2001-2009)

The rug was designed by First Lady Laura Bush. The sunbeam design is meant to evoke the optimism of sunrise. 

Barack Obama (2009-2017)

President Obama was the first-ever to choose patterned walls! 

Donald Trump (2017-2021)

Trump's gold curtains were sitting in storage. They were originally bought by First Lady Hillary Clinton for her husband's term, but eventually, they chose a slightly different design. 

Joe Biden (2021-)

Biden chose to personalize the Oval Office with an interesting artifact: he displays a 3.9 billion years old moon rock!
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